(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new series of pilot programs in cities across the country that aim to counter the rise of violent Islamic extremism within the United States.
Holder, in a video posted on the Justice Department’s website Monday, said the effort would bring together community representatives, public safety officials and religious leaders to try to help prevent more Americans from joining the ranks of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
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“Today, few threats are more urgent that the threat posed by violent extremism,” Holder said in the video message. “And with the emergence of groups like [Islamic State], and the knowledge that some Americans are attempting to travel to countries like Syria and Iraq to take part in ongoing conflicts, the Justice Department is responding appropriately.”